Quinn: 685,000 in Illinois covered under Affordable Care Act in first year

CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn says more than 685,000 people across Illinois now have access to quality healthcare through the Affordable Care Act since open enrollment began nearly one year ago.

State officials are gearing up to ensure even more residents sign up for health care in year two of the open enrollment period, which begins Nov. 15.

“Thanks to the leadership of President Obama and the Affordable Care Act, we have made health coverage a reality for hundreds of thousands of people across Illinois,” Quinn said. “We have come a long way but we are not going to stop until everyone in Illinois has the quality care they deserve.”

According to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, 468,000 people have enrolled in the expanded Medicaid program under the ACA, more than double the state’s initial projections. Coupled with the 217,000 who enrolled in private health plans through the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace, approximately 685,000 people have enrolled in health care.

The state’s Marketplace enrollment during the initial six-month enrollment period exceeded the federally established goal of 143,000 Marketplace enrollees by 52 percent.

Get Covered Illinois is in the process of training and preparing navigators for the second open enrollment period under the ACA, which will begin Nov. 15 and run through Feb. 15.

Quinn made the announcement at Alivio Medical Center in Pilsen, one of the dozens of “trusted community organizations” across the state that are participating in the state’s In-Person Counselor program. The federally-funded program establishes a network of “navigators” across the state whose job is to educate consumers about the financial assistance available under the ACA for those who qualify based on their income, and help them navigate through their health-care options and enroll in a health-care plan.

The Illinois Department of Public Health recently announced that 37 community organizations around the state, including Alivio, were selected through a rigorous application process to participate in year two of the IPC/navigator program.

For more information about Get Covered Illinois and the state’s implementation of the ACA, go to: www.GetCoveredIllinois.com.

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